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O-licence rejected for running trucks illegally

  • 06 November 2013
  • By Roger Brown

Traffic Commissioner (TC) for Scotland Joan Aitken (pictured) has rejected an O-licence application from a Renfrew operator who illegally ran trucks while she was considering whether to grant him the licence.

In a written decision following a public inquiry in Edinburgh in June and August, the TC also disqualified John Baird – trading as Scotia Trucking Services – from being a transport manager indefinitely. The hearing also looked at a previous O-licence Baird had been connected to.

Baird had been disqualified as a director several years ago under a Companies Act disqualification order after a firm he had been involved with – Baird Express Freight – had gone into liquidation.
However, in July, while his new application was still being considered, a vehicle carrying wine was stopped by Vosa examiners at a roadside check on the A867.

It was not displaying an O-licence disc, did not have a valid MoT and the trailer also did not have a valid MoT. The driver told Vosa officers that he was working for Ian Baird, a name that John Baird is also known by.

Refusing Baird’s application for two vehicles and two trailers, Aitken concluded: “He left a public inquiry where his repute was at stake and a month later Vosa caught him in the act of unlawful operating – and his motivation being to keep the work from other hauliers. “He is not a person in whom I can repose trust. He has failed in the past in this regulated environment and also in the regulated environment of company law.”


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